Pakistan bowler Junaid Khan in action

County Championship cricket preview

England all-rounder Moeen Ali

Ali was targeted by Indian cricket fans during the series between the two sides this summer

Gareth Breese hit the winning run for Durham but is set to leave as his contract will not be renewed

West Indian inspired Durham to win One-Day Cup

Stoked up: Durham’s Ben Stokes is delighted after his partner Gareth Breese hit the winning boundary at Lord’s

Warickshire 165 Durham 166-7 (Durham win by 3 wickets)

Jonathon Trott in training

Trott will be in action for Warwickshire against Durham on Saturday

Andrew Gale

Yorkshire captain was banned for two matches for meting out some verbal abuse

Grace Road

Leicestershire may be a mess now, but they have to believe their luck will turn

Andrew Gale

Gale has been branded racist by the England and Wales Cricket Board

Lancashire’s Ashwell Prince (left) and Andrew Gale, of Yorkshire, clash as they leave the field at Old Trafford on 2 September

Gale could face a lengthy ban from the start of next season

Monty Panesar celebrates taking the wicket of Greg Smith during Essex’s demolition of Leicestershire on Tuesday


The Essex batsman Ravi Bopara is looking ominously well set against Leicestershire

Close, day one: Leicestershire 138 vs Essex153-3

Sorry saga: Moeen Ali deserves an apology from the ECB, who failed to condemn the prejudice

The ECB's silence was as deafening as the boos coming from the stands

Ryan Sidebottom celebrates with team-mates as Yorkshire clinch the County Championship

Championship secured with victory over Nottinghamshire

Andrew Flintoff of England looks dejected as Brett Lee (L) and Glenn McGrath hold on in 2005

'Freddie' Flintoff admits that the image of being 'bulletproof' meant that he did not tell anybody about his condition

Chris Cairns sued Lalit Modi, ex-chairman of the Indian Premier League, over an 'unequivocal allegation'

Cairns has agreed to cooperate with British authorities and he claims he has ‘nothing to hide’

Andrew Flintoff faces the media in 2007 after the infamous pedalo incident

Flintoff made the revelation on Piers Morgan's Life Stories in which he said he was attempting to find the boat that Ian Botham was staying on

Jacques Kallis

South African tells Richard Edwards long game is still thrilling despite falling crowds

Yorkshire left-armer Ryan Sidebottom celebrates bowling Riki Wessels towards the end of the third day at Trent Bridge

Yorkshire 532-9dec Notts 203 & 149-5 (Taylor 56no)

Alastair Cook’s personal roller coaster showed no sign of slowing down until he finally got off it for a while

Yorkshire’s side would give most international teams a run for their money

Moeen Ali prepares to take a catch during practice at Headingley


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